May 16, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird
The National Geographic Sea Bird arrived at the main dock in front of the Glacier Bay National Park lodge early on a crystal-clear spring day. Temperatures were quite cool but the skies were clear and we could see for miles! After the park service rangers and Tlingit interpreters boarded our vessel, we began our journey north up Tarr Inlet for a day exploring a small section of the national park’s 3.3 million acres. Throughout the day, Ranger Patrick and tribal member Joe Valle made several presentations, and also joined us on the bow as the Sea Bird cruised over a hundred miles round-trip within Tarr Inlet. We stopped at four tidewater glaciers, took a quick look at Tidal and Geikie Inlets, and spent time searching for wildlife on land. Along with mountain goats at Gloomy Knob, we also saw several brown bears and one very large black bear! We encountered several large rafts of sea otters, including mothers and babies, who continued to scoot out of the way as the Sea Bird maneuvered. After Recap and dinner, the Sea Bird positioned back to Bartlett Cove, and many of us enjoyed sunset walks. In the last light of day, we made our way through a newly formed coastal temperate rain forest, watching the sun set on the Fairweather Mountains on the west coast of Glacier Bay National Park.
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